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Theatre Checklist

Classes & Registration

How do I get into closed classes? Contact the teacher via e-mail and then go to the first class. There are often spaces on the first day which can be filled by the instructor. The instructor has "Permission to Add" forms which must then be taken to the Theatre Office (FA-127) to register in person during registration hours. Registration hours subject to change without notice, e-mail us to double check.

Some classes are restricted for majors and minors only? There are two sections for many Theatre Dept. classes. Section '02' is designated for Majors and Minors. If you are not yet, but will be a theatre major or minor, you can declare your theatre major or minor by meeting with Undergrad Director Barbara Wolfe and then sign into the major/minor section the next day. If the class is closed, and you are not a major/minor, check with the instructor the first day of class. If there are still openings in the class the instructor may decide to add non-majors to the major section.

Can I take Dance classes even if I'm not a Major/Minor? Yes, our dance classes (and productions) are open to all registered students on campus. 

How do I know what level of Dance is right for me? Contact the instructor, go to the first class to participate and see what fits best for your abilities and academic needs. 

Classes we recommend for Freshman: NOTE - Some of the classes listed have space reserved for freshman specifically.  

  • THEA 101: Intro to Musical Theatre
  • THEA 102: Intro to Theatre
  • MUS 121: Music Fundamentals
  • THEA 207: Acting I 
  • THEA 208: Acting I (Advanced)
  • THEA 203: Technical Production
  • THEA 224: Basic Dance for Musical Theatre
  • THEA 289(O): Broadway for Beginners
  • THEA 387(O): Musical Theater Singing


Auditions details will be posted on the Auditions pageAudition sign-ups are always on the Theatre Call Board (outside FA 127). 

Who can audition for Theatre Department productions? - Anyone who is currently a registered student taking 4 credits or more may audition for any production, including Mainstage, Studio and Open Season.

Do I have to audition to become a Theatre Major/Minor? Harpur College is a liberal arts school, and therefore you need only sign up to be a major or minor, not audition. You do have to audition for productions. SEE MORE ON AUDITIONS here

Becoming Major or Minor

How do I become a Major or Minor? Meet with the Department Chair and Undergraduate Director, Barbara Wolfe, her office is FA 123. Stop in FA 127 to check in with the Office staff to see if she's available. The department is open 8:30—5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Can I minor in a specific area of theatrical study such as dance, etc? The minor is designed to be flexible enough so each person can choose his/her courses to focus on his/her area of interest; however everyone graduates with a General Theater Minor.

Do we have a Major in Musical Theater or Playwriting or Stage Management, etc? We are working on it! We have three emphases in Theatre: Acting/Directing, Design/Tech and Dance. Musical Theatre classes are offered in our department and we are building a new concentration in Musical Theatre. We offer classes in Playwriting, Stage Management. We are a small department and because of that we can offer independent study courses and practice in many areas as well as recommended paths that a student can take to be able to focus in areas that we don't currently have official concentrations. Therfore we do offer classes in areas such as Playwriting, Theatre History and Stage Management. 

We also have a 5-year combined BA/MPA (Masters of Public Administration) degree for accelerated access to an advanced degree. For more information about your specific interest, contact the Undergraduate Director: Barbara Wolfe

Last Updated: 5/11/17